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Course content

This programme caters for teachers and educators who are keen to develop as both writers and educational practitioners, and is delivered in collaboration with London-based cultural institutions- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-writer-teacher/

There is a growing interest in linking cultural sector practices to those of education, to the benefit of both. This programme creates a valuable partnership across the Educational Studies and the creative writing team in the English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths, in collaboration with London-based cultural institutions.

The course caters for teachers and educators who are keen to develop as both writers and educational practitioners. It develops insights into creative writing practices that provide a critical perspective on relations and discourses of teaching and learning in contemporary education.

The programme enables students to establish and strengthen their identity as writers and educators in informal and formal learning contexts (eg Writing Workshop and project based dissertation).

You'll develop strong writing skills to a potentially publishable level and will be able to engage in sustained practical and theoretical research into writing practices. Practices of creative writing and practices of teaching and learning are brought into a productive relationship.

As part of the programme you'll rethink notions of writing pedagogy in a range of contexts, including local community sites.

You may be given the opportunity to contribute to:

-performance poetry workshops and events conducted by Apples and Snakes
-poetry performances and sessions run by the Poetry Society
-drama projects created by The Complete Work
-writing projects developed by the English and Media Centre
-writing workshops in a range of forms led by the Ministry of Stories
-creative research projects run by the British Library
-Storytelling workshops run by Discover Children's Story Centre

Spoken Word Education programme

The Spoken Word Education Training Programme is led by Jacob Sam-La Rose (Artistic Director) and Bohdan Piasecki (Education Director). All Spoken Word Educators need to first apply to the MA Writer/Teacher programme and, if they are accepted, they will then be interviewed for the Spoken Word Education Training programme.

MA Writer/Teacher student shortlisted for the Costa Short Story Award 2015:
'Gerado Dreams of Chillies', written by Niall Bourke as part of his MA studies at Goldsmiths is one of six shortlisted for the £3,500 prize.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Vicky Macleroy (Educational Studies)

Modules & Structure

You'll have the opportunity to develop your own creative writing practices and explore a range of educational approaches towards creative writing.

You'll work with practising and published creative writing lecturers and education lecturers in collaboration with professionals working in local cultural institutions.

You'll participate in creative and life writing workshops and research creative writing pedagogies in classrooms and educational settings.

You have to complete 180 credits points, made up from:

-one compulsory core module in the Department of English and Comparative Literature:
–Workshop in Creative and Life Writing (30 credits)

-two compulsory core modules in the Department of Educational Studies in association with the British Library, Poetry Society, English and Media Centre, Apples and Snakes, Ministry of Stories, The Complete Works:
–Contemporary Writer Identity and Education (30 credits)
–Research into Writing Practices (30 credits)

-an option module in the Department of Educational Studies (30 credits)

-the Dissertation in the Department of Educational Studies and the Department of English and Comparative Literature (60 credits)

Practitioners who already have existing M-level credits may transfer these on to the MA.

Assessment

Assessment for the Workshop in Creative and Life Writing module is by the submission of a piece or pieces of creative or life-writing of 5,000 words plus a critical account of how you have structured and developed your work.

Assessment for the Educational Studies modules is by the submission of assignments.

You'll also be assessed on a project-based dissertation.

Skills

The programme will enable you to develop creative writing skills to a potentially publishable level, participate in local cultural events as writers, and develop advanced theoretical and critical skills in creative writing pedagogy.

Careers

The programme provides and enhances continuing professional development in creative writing for educators and teachers, opening up opportunities to work with local cultural institutions and schools, and enriching current professional practice.

Funding

Please visit http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/ for details.

Visit the Writer/Teacher (MA) page on the Goldsmiths, University of London website for more details!

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